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Are you living by the rules, or are you letting God's grace rule you? There's a big difference between the two. God has provided everything we need for a truly meaningful, joy-filled life here on earth... all because of His marvelous grace. Rest in God's grace, and let Him live through you. This book helps you find out how....

Title : Grace Rules
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ISBN : 9781565078970
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Number of Pages : 170 Pages
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Grace Rules Reviews

  • Justin Rose
    2019-05-01 07:36

    McVey spends the entire book beating the dead horse legalism. We're all familiar with legalistic churches and Christians, you know the ones who say, "No drinking, no chewing, no dating girls who do." This paradigm is vividly represented in the girl's dad on the movie /Footloose/. Unfortunately McVey, like much of evangelical Christianity, gives legalism an incorrect definition when he describes it as "the method of living whereby we try to make spiritual progress based on what we do" (121). Instead, as W.J. Mencarow points out: "Legalism is not just having rules. Legalism is saying that you have to follow certain rules in order to be saved--Big, big difference!" ( Real legalism is demonstrated in Orthodox Judaism when they say something like, "The women, she says, attract looks that should be reserved for the husband. In her view, this leads to sin, and as long as there is sin, the Messiah cannot appear" (Mittelstaedt). Legalism is not about Christians embracing rules as guidelines for their Christian walks, but about using rules to obtain or keep salvation.McVey says that if we have a relationship with Jesus then we don't need rules because, "Our lifestyle isn't governed by rules, but relationship. We aren't motivated by laws, but love!" (75). He goes on to use parenting as an example, how people who neglect or abuse their children are the ones who need rules for child rearing, but he and his wife, "don't need them; we love our children." Maybe that works for him, but I wasn't raised by the perfect parents, so I don't know how to be the perfect parent no matter how much I love my children. I work at a state penitentiary, and more often than not if I ask a child molester why they molested their child, they respond, "My father did that to me when I was a child." Everybody wants to believe that his parents love him, so an adult parent who was molested as a child must think, at least sub-consciously, that such an act demonstrates love to their own child. Even when a person is born again, many behaviors and urges take years, or even a lifetime, to modify.The one typo I noticed in the book, on page 78, is rather ironic, if not a Freudian slip. He says, "The sad irony of their diligent focus on behavior is that their rules 'are of no value against fleshly indulgence' (Colossians 3:23)." The slip is that McVey quoted Col. 2:23, but reference Col. 3:23. Col. 2:23 concludes a section that tells the Colossians that they were saved by Christ, so they don't need Jewish laws and customs. Paul truly is addressing legalism in these verses. However, not following Jewish laws and customs for salvation doesn’t' mean that there are no rules to live by. Col. 3 is full of prohibitions (that is, rules): fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, covetousness, idolatry, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language, and lying. It gives commands (also rules): seek, set your mind, put to death, tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, bearing, forgiving, peace, unity, thankfulness, teach, admonish, submit, love, and obey. Col. encapsulates all these prohibitions and commands when it says, "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men" (now Col. 3:23). Col. 3 is one of many lists of rules in the New Testament to have order in a person's relationship with God, church, family, and self.McVey teaches a dangerous heresy when he says, "When a Christian knows that he is free from the law, he will discover that God's indwelling Spirit will motivate him to serve based on his relationship to Jesus, not because of external demands to perform" (91). Knowing Jesus through personal enlightenment by the indwelling Spirit is important, but incomplete. The Bible also says to know Jesus through fellowship with other believers, through the Bible, through experiencing His creation, and through observing events.On pages 91-92 McVey demonstrates some terrible exegesis when he says, "Ezekiel predicted that in this new day those who followed God would no longer act on the basis of external laws, but rather would act out of the internal life they possessed" (92). However, Ezekiel doesn't say to scrap the rules. To the contrary, if we are able to walk in His statues and obey His ordinances, this presumes that God does have rules for us to live by.Another time McVey had a severe interpreting mistake is on page 122 when he quotes, "'It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure' (Philippians 2:13). God the Holy Spirit within us will fulfill the Father's plan as we are absorbed into a continuous awareness of our oneness with Christ." McVey is saying that God working and willing his good pleasure is the result of "oneness with Christ." However, the author of Philippians, Paul, says in the preceding verse that this is a result of obedience. Of course, obedience is only possible with rules, not relationship.Possibly the most dangerous heresy that McVey teaches has to do with knowing God's will. McVey says that the way Paul knew God's will was he "trusted his own thoughts, declaring on one occasion, 'We have the mind of Chirst' (1 Corinthians 2:16). Paul didn't agonize over knowing the will of God--he just did it! He trusted that his thoughts were actually the thoughts of Christ within him" (133). This statement has no Biblical precedence. Look what McVey is ignoring: prayer, discernment, counsel, the Bible... The Corinthians may be the perfect example of why not to just trust our own thoughts and just do it. The church in Corinth was divided into four factions because members trusted their own thoughts on which church leader to follow. Instead, they should have strived as building a building (1Co 3:9-17) to grow spiritually and to work out truth together.McVey's section on asking for forgiveness (150-154) is about the most unlearned attempt at theology I have ever read. I have no doubt that McVey is telling the truth when he says he became a pastor when he was 19 years old (145), because this would eliminate the possibility of meaningful theological training. Is McVey suggesting that we never again have to confess our sins because, "the Christian will see God as the One who has forgiven us for every sin of our lifetime! The cross of Jesus was God's final word about our sins." He tries to justify this position by demonstrating different covenants in the Old and New Testaments. Instead, he reveals his lack of understanding. Any author is going to explain forgiveness should at least include terms like expiation and propitiation, and make the book 204 pages long instead of 203.Finally, to my sister-in-law who sent this book to my wife: I found this book sitting on the book-shelf so I thought I'd give it a try, having no idea what it was about. I read through most of it and made most of my comments before I found out it was from you, so don't take anything I said here as a personal attack.

  • Mandy J. Hoffman
    2019-05-07 03:31

    Wow. WOW. WOW!!!This book is an amazing unpacking of God's grace and what it means to us as Born-again Christians. I am normally a fast reader, but this book made me read chapter by chapter, sometimes paragraph by paragraph! Take your time and open up your Bible and study it out as you go. You will walk away with a fresh look at life as a child of God...understanding what it means to walk in grace and not legalism, rejoicing in being able to have victory over sin, understanding the will of God, and being able to celebrate the fact that you have been SAVED by God's grace! This is a must read for every believer. I don't say this lightly, but this will now get the title of being my #1 recommended book to others.

  • Norah Peter
    2019-05-04 00:42

    This is my second book of Steve McVey that I have read. When i saw the title of the book I was expecting to find the rules of grace, but reading it I found that this book is about surrendering and let the grace of God rule in our lives through Jesus.It is so practical and it acted as my daily devotion for all the days I have been reading it. This is not a book you read once, but it's a book you would like to go back and read it over and over again. After reading this the Christian life make more sense to me and I am so excited to wake up everyday ready to experience what God will do through me. This is indeed what freedom is all about. Letting the grace of God rule our lives.Loved it!

  • Thomas Arn
    2019-05-13 07:51

    This is a challenging book that looks at your life as a Christian. Many fall into the trap of legalism without realizing it attempting to live their lives for God by doing many good works, trying to look good for God. Grace is shown as a gift of God to live fully for Him without being legalistic. It comes down to a relationship with Jesus, rather than following many rules on how to be a Christian. I highly recommend this book to every believer and to be ready to be challenged in your belief and walk with God.

  • Ben Clay
    2019-04-21 02:33

    Nowhere near as good as Grace Walk, his previous book. This book restates most of the same things as the former but then almost seems to go far with an anything goes because we are under grace attitude. There are some good points, but for a great deal of the time I was screaming in my head..."What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?"

  • Tammy Brown
    2019-04-26 03:51

    To quote a friend, "It's a paradigm shifter." "When Grace rules our lives, we focus on Him.""When Grace rules miracles happen."If you find yourself a Christian and thinking there must be more I would ask that you read Grace Walk and then Grace Rules.

  • Kristin
    2019-05-18 07:41

    GREAT book! Very readable.

  • Erin
    2019-05-11 01:29

    I continue to learn great things about God and who I am in Christ!!

  • Melissa
    2019-05-19 08:37

    This book is full of life changing truth. A must read!

  • Michael
    2019-05-09 02:30

    Really enjoyed reading about the life of grace and freedom from all the rules and regulations of religion. Very encouraging and uplifting.

  • Debby
    2019-05-02 07:54

    This book and its prequel, Grace Walk, have been used to profoundly change me and how i view and live this life as a Christian. Pure freedom!!

  • Kristi Cress
    2019-05-13 05:37

    First Book on Grace I've read in 30 years of being a Christian that explains true GRACE!

  • Jack Bond
    2019-04-22 01:26

    Very informative, I enjoy reading Steve's Books, I certainly appreciate his explanations and how he use's situation of his life to explain scriptures

  • Darlene Hull
    2019-04-25 02:55

    Great book. I so needed to read this. Now to just live it...